Posted: Feb 03, 2017
GANSEVOORT, N.Y. - Each year, more than 200 graduate assistants and interns from NCAA membership schools, conference offices and affiliate organizations attend the NCAA Emerging Leaders Seminar. Alex Madsen, who served as a summer intern at the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) office, was selected as a member of the class that traveled to the NCAA National Office in Indianapolis, Ind. for this year's three-day program on Jan. 25-27.
A four-year member of the Castleton women's volleyball team, Madsen made the most of her opportunities both on and off the court during her undergraduate career. Madsen was named to the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) All-Academic Team in 2015 and 2016, while also earning a spot on the 2016 NAC Volleyball Sportsmanship Team. The Averill Park, N.Y. native finished her volleyball career as the Spartans' record-holder for single-match assists, single-season assists and career assists.
Madsen graduated a semester early in December 2016, receiving her B.S. in Sports Administration – a program which included a 400-hour internship alongside NEAC Commissioner, Candice Murray. Murray noted Madsen's strong desire to learn and offered to support her trip to the Emerging Leaders Seminar.
"Alex is a wonderful young professional who did a tremendous job during her internship with the NEAC," Murray said. "She was always willing to learn and grow and took full advantage of such a wonderful program for young professionals."
The NCAA Emerging Leaders Seminar (ELS) provides attendees an opportunity to explore the role of NCAA governance and network with key decision makers within college athletics. Participants also learn ways to enhance self-awareness, group dynamics and leadership capabilities. Through this program, participants will gain the necessary skills to become a successful college athletics professional.
Madsen attested to the numerous topics that were discussed during her time at the seminar.
"I learned about how to network, my own personal behavioral style and how to effectively work with different behavioral styles by working in teams and presenting to administrators from within the membership," Madsen recalled. "I also got to experience learning about different functional areas within athletics such as marketing and compliance."
Attending the ELS is an experience that Madsen believes will undoubtedly help shape her future path.
"I hope this experience will allow me to be a better leader, determine my next professional steps, and develop my career within college athletics with connections I made," Madsen said.
"Alex was hard-working, had great attention to detail, and was very excited to be able to attend the Emerging Leaders Seminar," Murray added. "She will make a great collegiate coach and athletic administrator down the road."
Madsen is currently coaching a club volleyball team in her hometown of Averill Park. She hopes to pursue a Master's program in athletic administration beginning in the fall of 2017.